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    March 21, 2011
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>> don't give up on them. i picked them as well. we have that going together. >> all right looking ahead to stories making news later today. president obama is headed to chile this morning. he'll hold a meeting with the president. then a meeting for 3:30 eastern time from santiago. a major tribute tonight for george h.w. bush is being honored at a gala in washington. presidents clinton, carter and george w. will be there for the celebration. barry bonds is charged for lying to a grand jury when denying taking performance enhancing drugs. >> we want to thank you for
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being with uls. see you in about ten minutes. thanks. live from studio 7 it's monday march 21. two countries dominate today's news. they have rapidly changing story that is impact us here at home as well as abroad. the latest on the air strikes against libya and the setback on the power plant in japan. that's next on cnn news room. i want to get you up to speed. the united states carried out a new round of air strikes on libyan military targets overnight. a spokesman suggests u.s. combat operations may have peaked. the u.s. role is in the no-fly zone. it's moving from action to patrolling phase today. libyan handlers took journalists
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to see damage inside gadhafi's compound. that happened earlier today. a possible missile wrecked a four-story building. gadhafi was not the target. defense secretary robert gates arrived in russia today as that country's prime minister turned up the heat. putin ripped the united states for what he called a steady trend of intervention abroad. >> we expected in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition and be a member of the coalition and have a military role in the coalition. >> arab league president is toning down his criticism of the coalition attacks. he met with u.n. secretary moon in cairo today saying he's
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committed to the u.n. resolution on libya. yesterday, he complained the campaign was too broad and civilians were killed. libya freed four new york times journalists today. the four crossed into rebel controlled eastern libya from egypt without visas. progadhafi forces held them for six days. more now on the war in libya and the aftermath and attack from the compound. a military official insists the coalition is not targeting gadhafi. the target was it. nic joins us from tripoli. describe what you saw on the ground. what does the compound look like?
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>> reporter: this is an area, a building inside a large palace compound area. it's several square miles. you go into a number of security check points. you go where the security forszs live and provide security in this area. then you pass through that into an area that's a very large field, possibly the size of three, four, five football fields together. there are a couple of buildings in there. the building we were taken to see is the building that was hit in the missile. this is a building that's four stories high, heavy strong rebar. the missiles appear to have hit the roof of the building. two holes we could see. one missile had gone into the building. the roof was collapsed.
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there was concrete debris strewn over an area perhaps 100 yards or so. having seen other missile strikes, it appeared to me that it was not one of the largest, heaviest. i have seen plenty bigger explosions where whole buildings have been demolished with craters in the ground. it wasn't like that. part of the building was collapsed and we went into rooms on either side. >> do we know if there were others at the compound? the second thing, do we know where gadhafi is? >> reporter: according to a libyan official, there were no casualties and no one in the building at the time. as for gadhafi's where abouts, that's a mystery now.
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we only see his voice on television. no image of him. >> he doesn't want any to know how he is or where he is. it's a well-kept secret. >> how have they responded to the coalition attacks on the control center? >> reporter: we haven't had any specific response from government officials or gadhafi himself on the strike to the compound. what we saw of the building there, this was a building we visited in the middle of the night. i couldn't see in any of the rooms i went into, any signs of electronic equipment. this was nighttime. if there was a basement area, we didn't get into it or see it. the expression from what we saw was a building that hadn't been used in a military way.
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they were in the building a couple days prior to meet gadhafi who has a tent very, very close by. where is gadhafi now? it's not clear. what is the government responsz, they were saying until that time the boug sads no miss ed -- whether or not gadhafi's own forces will be put down by the force being led by the united states. we want to bring you new information that is coming out of italy. this is about nancy pelosi. dana bash is following that story. what can you tell us? >> reporter: nancy pelosi was
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hospitalized in rome. she's there on a trip with other members of congress. the good news is, i'm told she is out of the hospital and back at her hotel room. this certainly came as a surprise. we heard she was in the hospital because she's somebody known with so much energy and strength. the fact she went to the hospital at all certainly raised alarm bells big-time for people who know her well. we don't know exactly what was wrong except she was not feeling well. we'll expect a statement from her office. she was there with a group of congressman for the 150th anniversary for the unification of italy. she was in afghanistan over the weekend with the same group. >> it may be too early to know this because the statement is coming out. is it serious or something that is minor? >> reporter: we do not know that, yet. all we were told is she is not feeling well. the fact she was there for a couple hours now back at her hotel looks like and indicates
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it was not serious. that is the good news here. she is 70 years old. she turned 71 this coming saturday. she's very hard to keep up with, anybody around her can tell you that. >> we know that. she is a go getter. she is a tough, tough woman. we hope she is well. i'll be back to you as you get more details on that. thank you very much. smoke poured from two reactors at japan's crippled nuclear plant today. that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of workers trying to stabilize the facility. all reactors are wired for electricity. officials won't turn it on until the pumps that circulate water to cool the fuel rods are repaired. the world health organization says radiation found in japan's food supply is more serious than thought. japan's government blocked the sale of spinach and milk near
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the plant. some water is contaminated as well. a japanese teenager and his 80-year-old grandmother are recovering today after nine days under the rubble. the boy says their house collapsed while they were in the kitchen. they managed to crawl to get food, water and blankets. here is your chance to talk back on the u.s. involvement in libya. carol is joining us to talk about the question of the day. you know, a lot of people, they might not have been watching over the weekend. there was a lot that happened. we are in the lead now of the air strikes in libya. this is our third military operation. >> exactly. i can see someone waking up this morning, turning on the television and saying what? we're at war with libya? >> exactly. >> i know. the strikes are coming in against gadhafi's forces and
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president obama's handling of libya. critics are asking why wasn't there a presidential speech to the nation. john boehner put it bluntly, before any further military commitments are made, the government needs to communicate to the people and congress about our mission in libya. what is the end game here? force gadhafi out? here is president obama earlier this month. >> kernel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. >> that's clear. that's tough talk. a clear message about gadhafi. fast forward to friday. >> we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal. specifically the protection of civilians in libya. >> he may have softened his stance because of the u.n.
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resolution. is it realizist to assume it will end quickly if gadhafi remains in power -- it became a full war. talk back today. does the u.s. have a clear mission in libya in your mind? write to me on facebook.com. i will read your answers later this hour. >> i think one of the difficult things is the mission evolves and it's changing. just how involved are we going to be in the weeks to come? the president says days. how do we know that? >> defense secretary gates says we do know that. i don't know how. you talk about mission creek, it reversed itself. once we get the no-ply zone establi established maybe it will creep
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forward again. >> big questions about long-term and what happens in that country. >> we could be there for a long time. >> thank you. here is what's ahead. the strikes on libya and the mission as well as the united states role. also the response from the arab league to the campaign. plus, how the unrest in libya and the disaster in japan are affecting if financial markets. con transcribe you forjim walsh and the late es on the nuclear crisis. my diet? well yesterday i had an apple turnover.
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coalition forces control the skies over libya now enforcing a no fly zone. we want to get into the nuts and bolts of this operation and take a look at the u.s. role in particular. i want to bring in chris lawrence. tell us first, obviously, we are taking the lead on this. the use of tomahawk missiles in libya. this happened over the weekend. we are moving into monday. what do we know so far? >> they were used because they could strike moammar gadhafi's missiles. now the tomahawks can move well over 500 miles an hour.
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some of the first fired at 2:00 in the afternoon. you wonder why the time gap. some were fired well out of the range of the target in opposite directions. they would draw the attention from libya's early warning radar sights. other tomahawks could just hang out in an area after they were fired and then bear down on their target afterwards. also, u.s. officials are pushing back on some of moammar gadhafi's claims that civilians were killed in the strikes. normally, with the tomahawks you fire them. they have the ability to be reprogrammed already in flight. now, the navy is saying they didn't have to use that capability. normally, you would use that if you thought there was danger to
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civilians, you could alter the course. the navy is saying you don't have to reprogram the missiles. you are confident what you are hitting is a military target. >> no casualties so far? >> no civilian casualties so far. distinction between that and the gadhafi forces. >> what about the strike on moammar gadhafi's compound? plans for a second one in play? >> we confirmed they did hit gadhafi's compound. they say it was targeting the compou compound, not the man. they have the ability to reach out and talk to his forces, command his forces. it's what they were hitting inside the compound. there was supposed to be a second strike last night on the compound. i talked with the british ministry of defense who said it was called off because of a danger to civilians there.
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the m.o.d. saying they scrambled british jets that were on their way then the mission was pulled back because of the danger to civilians. >> this may be a tough question but military officials that you spoke with, how do they describe the end? how do they know when to pull back? >> military officials say it's up to the administration to decide that. listen to the chairman of joint chiefs. he said he could invision an end with gadhafi still in power. that's defined by higher levels. there k you get a difference among the allies, british and french officials suggest gadhafi staying is power is not possible. from the u.s. side it's not been defined. there seems to not be a consensus among the allies as to exactly what the final stage of
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this mission is supposed to be. >> that is the question. that's the big question today. thank you, chris. we appreciate that. what is the end game in libya? coming up at half past the hour, we'll speak with russell about the u.s. role in this war. rumblings that the air strikes in libya go beyond the agreement to protect civilians. ivan watson is on the phone from cairo. ivan, gadhafi's place is in ruins. the arab league was standing behind action in libya. are they still standing by that action now? >>. >> caller: it's been a good question. a question of consensus among the allies. you have the arab league calling on the united nation securities council to impose a no-fly zone.
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then the missiles and air strikes rain down. they come out saying the western military has gone beyond the initial no-fly zone. they were now bombing civilians. it was a different message coming from the arab league. today, the secretary general of the united nations stood side-by-side with him saying you know, it's time to speak with one voice. this is an operation, a military operation to protect civilians from being killed by the gadhafi regime. he seemed to back pedal a bit saying he respected the united nations resolution calling for this no-fly zone. i asked whether or not they felt there needed to be a bigger arab face or precipitation in the military operation.
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so far, only the united arab emirates talked of contributing military assets. he avoided that answer saying this was a bilateral question. it was up to individual member states implying he's not going to be trying to rally arab support for this military operation that's being carried out by the u.s., canada and european countries so far. >> how much do you think of this is playing to the arab street, their domestic audiences back home in the middle east or is this really some sincere genuine frustration coming from the arab leaders? >> caller: i think it's a combination of all of this. there is a lot of skepticism and suspicion about the past experiences of western governments in the particular militaries in arab muslim
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countries. at the same time, the arab league is made up of predominantly dictatorial governments. they are not necessarily eager to see popular uprising succeed which has come up in their own countries as well and threatened their own credibility and legitimacy. that's a concern as well. definitely, something that people are dealing with here. another thing to keep in mind, i'm in egypt now. this isn't on the front pages of the newspapers here. egypt is so caught up with its own turmoil, had its own referendum over the weekend. it's more concerned with stability and the progress of its own revolution rather than what is taking place across the border in libya. >> amazing those circumstances there. ivan watson. a complicated situation happening. appreciate it. how are the crises impacting the global economy?
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new troubles at the crippled fukushima and daiichi. smoke spotted coming from two damaged reactors. the remaining workers evacuated. a nuclear agency says there was no evidence of an explosion or spike in radiation.
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tons of water have been sprayed on the reactors trying to cool them down. we are seeing big numbers on wall street. allison in new york tells us what is happening behind the big rally. what do we make of this? >> it's not just on wall street. it's around the world as well. europe's insex up. a couple things going on. we have deal making. at&t announced they are buying t-mobile. this is a huge deal worth $39 billion. for the market, mergers are a good boost to the market. there's confidence in the economic recovery. despite the headlines coming out of japan, investors are feeling better about the nuclear situation. there are two reports out showing that in the near term, japan's economy is expected to take a hit. in the long run, the expectation is that a rebuilding boom is
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coming for japan and japan will recover from the tsunami and earthquake. >> what about the price of oil? how is libya and what's happening there affecting it? >> we are watching prices up about a. oil is at $102 a barrel. volatility is high because of what's happening. they say it's expected to get worse and worse each day. libya makes 2% of the world's oil. i know it's not much. also add this that the supplies are fine. supplies intact. the fact is the higher prices are here because investors don't know what's going to happen. you are seeing the oil trading on fear and speculation. it's really the reason why we are seeing oil prices move higher today. >> any sense people are worried about this now? >> there is. analysts that were surveyed by cnn.com say oil prices are the number one threat to the economy. think about it. if you have been to a gas station, when you pull up,
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there's a sweat form on the brow of the consumers filling up. it's costing more and more. that means we are spending more on gos. it's going to take money away from spending on something else. analysts are dialling back their growth on estimates for gross domestic products, that's growth in the u.s. the worry is consumers are going to be watching their money now that they have to put more of it in their gas tanks. >> i know i break out in a sweat. i'm talking $60 now to fill up my tank. >> it's crazy. >> close to $70 now. unbelievable. >> yeah. >> thank you. reynolds wolf is bringing in the spring for us. isn't that great? winter is over. >> in some places it feels like winter. we have snow to deal with. let's show you the whole deal. here is the nation. the rough weather starts in the northeast. we have rain along the coast. we had rain drops and scattered
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clouds. could see anywhere from five to nine inches of snowfall. to the west, the snow is heavy, heavier than a few inches. in some places over a foot. possibly one to three. the sierra nevada is the same situation. in the four corners precipitation and other places you do not. in new mexico, there's a chance or we are going to be seeing the potential for wildfires, dry, low humidity. the strong wind gusts topping 50 miles an hour. it could bring the possibility for wildfires in the plains and mountains for much of the desert southwest and the plains. that's a quick snapshot of the forecast. we have more coming up. you are watching cnn.
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here is a look at what's ahead on the rundown. the united states military in another war. retired general russell breaks down the turmoil in libya. more questions than answers on the crippled nuclear reactors in japan. we have a status report. also, what to do when disaster strikes. tips to prevent your family in an emergency. and what is next for moammar
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gadhafi. what is the ultimate mission in libya? are the u.s. and the rest of the coalition protecting civilians rr getting involved in something bigger? joining me from baton rouge louisiana, russell honorey. the united states is now in its third war. iraq, afghanistan and now libya. do you think we are overstretched? >> i think from actions you see over the weekend for short term operation, this mission can be accomplished. i think the ambiguity of the policy and content has confused colonel gadhafi. our policy has been stated to protect the freedom fighters. but the under lying intent, isn't to get rid of gadhafi.
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i think ambassador rice has a word to go back to the u.n. to get that intent clarified. clearly, the life of the freedom fighters won't get better until gadhafi is gone. >> what kind of position does that put president obama in? there's a u.n. resolution that says protecting the citizens is the goal. as you mentioned, if gadhafi stays, this is going to continue. >> well, in spite of all that's been said, on this team, the president of the united states is the quarterback for this team. he's going to have to make the call? he's got to drive the policy. >> what does he need to tell the american people now? it's very unclear as to what is our role, our involvement with our own fighter jets over libya. >> i don't think we have the capacity or the will of the american people to reengage in another long war. i think issue will try to paint
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this as a conflict to ease the pain and suffering of the freedom fighters. i think the role of the president and secretary rice who worked with before at the u.n. is going to have to turn this thing and say at the end of the day, we have to continue the military pressure on the military by destroying it and number two, for diplomacy under secretary clinton to leave a back door for gadhafi to leave. otherwise, the other objective is to target him to cause collateral damage. at the end of the day, the mission won't be achieved if he's in libya. >> what kind of out would you give gadhafi? a lot of people say he's backed into a corner. >> absolutely. you know, he may have friends around the world. he's going to have to leave with enough money. it has to be a part of the deal.
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what i find surprising is the amount of open policy and discussions we have had. it's almost like conducting a battle on social network. each side telecasting what the next move is. i think once we take another look at this in the next 48 to 72 hours that's going to have to be adjusted. >> is that a failure of leadership on someone's part? president obama, the united nations? >> no, we have to act quickly. he was about to go to benghazi and destroy those people. thanks for the amount of technology that we have been given in our military and capability and cooperation with the french they were able to get there to keep them from destroying benghazi. it creates a lot of ambiguity by people. it could work as a strength for us. gadhafi don't know what's going
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to happen next. the fact that we targeted his compound to take out what was perceived to be a command of control, he should be getting uneasy now. hopefully, we have a diplomatic line to convince him to leave. >> very quickly. the president and military officials said we are taking the lead in days, not weeks. our role is going to be pulled back. can they guarantee that to the american people? do we have assurances at all? >> i think that's their intent. remember, the enmy has a vote. the first thing to change when you go to war is the plan. the plan never survived contact with the enemy. it's why i'm saying through diplomatic means and policy, they need to adjust what the mission is. the mission now appears to be gadhafi must go. >> all right, general, appreciate your perspective. thank you, general. plumes of smoke rising from
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radiation from japan's quake
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damaged nuclear plant is seeping into the food supply. the government blocked the sale of spinach and milk produced near the plant. some water is contaminated as well. smoke poured from two reactors at the crippled nuclear plant today. it prompted the evacuation of hundreds of workers trying to stabilize the facility. they say all reactors are wired for electricity. officials won't turn it on until the bumps that circulate are repaired. our international securitiage cyst jim walsh is joining us from boston. thank you for being here. we are keeping a close eye on the plant. is it still a danger? >> the fires are a surprise. they have been making progress laying power lines to all the reactors. then you have a fire at reactor number three.
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it's allegedly near the spent fuel pump. you remember a couple days ago, there had been two fires at the spent fuel pond at reactor four where they store the nuclear waste. whether it's a repeat of that fire possibility. fundamentally, we don't know. soon after that fire, they did put the fire out at reactor three, then another fire. this time at number two. does this have something to do with restoring electricity? we don't know. they are trying to get cameras in there as well. it's a setback for today. today, they were planning to get electricity in the control room. it's been put on hold for the near term. >> does that mean there's still radiation spewing from the reactors? >> well, at reactor number three, it's alleged, you know, they were going to vent, then didn't vent. i'm sure there's radiation coming from the spent fuel ponds
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if there isn't enough water in there. overall, tepco says the radiation levels stabilized. if you have exposed waste at reactor three and four, it generates radiation. >> do we have any idea of the status of the workers in the trenches since the earthquake and tsunami that have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation? >> we really don't. the company kept them closed off. they did have a press conference the other day. very difficult to watch. very emotional. very hard. we certainly don't have medical data on them. we are not going to get any for the near term. clearly, they face risk going forward. we are not getting -- like so many things, we are not getting information. >> we are certainly trying to get that information, not for lack of trying. thank you so much, jim.
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we are all seeing this tragic disaster unfold in japan. no matter where you live, you need a family emergency plan.
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stephanie elam has tips you need to know about keeping safe. my family figured out how to do a list for e-mail to communicate with each other all at once. that's just the beginning, right? >> it's so huge. we went through it after 9/11. someone said we have to know where you are at all times. no one wants to think about all these things. you don't want to think about disasters. you have to plan together with your family before disaster strikes. what is the next step? the american red cross says fire is probably the biggest threat. depending on where you live, you need to know about other disasters. tornadoes, torrential rain. you can learn more about how to prepare by calling your emergency management office.
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you can find specific plans for a variety of different situations as well as the appropriate supplies you are going to need to get prepared and get trained by going to that section on preparing and getting trained at redcross.org. >> how do you make sure everybody is on the same page? where they should be, who should know what? it's true. i have a huge family so it's hard. you have to be all for one and one for all. the red cross says work as a team giving everyone an individual responsibility. when it comes to the plan, pick two places to meet, one outside the home in case of a fire. another outside the neighborhood if you need to evacuate. you have to practice that plan to evacuate twice a year. think about your pets as well. separation is a big concern during an emergency situation. make sure everyone has the number of a designated family
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member or friend who can field calls and make sure everyone is okay and they have heard from everybody. you can print a small can tact card for members of the family. i printed it out here. it's easy to see. fill in everyone's contact numbers, school numbers, worknu need, along with your outside contact who you'll reach out to outside of the area. have this. it can make a difference so if something's happening you at least know you can get together, contact each other and be safe. >> that is worth so much. just peace of mind. knowing you've got a plan just in case. >> seriously. >> all right. stephanie, thanks. she'll be back with what you can do right now to protect your family. 
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we're back with stephanie elam. when it comes to your finances there are things you can do now to protect your family in case something happens. what can we do, steph? >> money's always important. create an emergency file where you can put important documents, passports, copy of birth
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certificates, tax records, anything you need to get your hands on quickly. put it in a fire-proof file. just grab it in an emergency. an emergency fund. pus put some cash in there and keeping three to six month's living expenses in a liquid account. you want to access the money quickly to cover all expenses from rent to debt, utilities, everything else you may need. i know people laugh when talk about putting away that much cash. got to start somewhere. start trying to save $1,000, put that away. if a disaster hits your area, make sure you keep receipts from all living expenses, just in case you are able to get reimbursed by your insurer. all in all, be prepared, because no one ever knows exactly when a disaster will strike. >> great advice. thank you, stephanie. survivors starting over from scratch. rebuilding their country and
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now your chance to "talk back" on one of the big stories of the day. the u.s.-conducted missile strikes yoefb overnight in libya. part of a no-fly zone in libya approved by the united nations last week, but what are the long-term goals for our country? for the united states. carol costello joins us with today's "talk back."
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a lot of people didn't realize this was going on this weekend. if were you out and about having fun, you didn't realize, we went to war with another country. >> you wake up monday morning and say, what the heck is going on over in libya? a lot of people are confused about the end game. our "talk back" question today, does the u.s. have a clear mission in libya? this from jim. not even close. what's the difference between libya and all the other regimes killing their own people? are they next? is that our new foreign policy? this from stack, the mission in libya is damned if you do and damned if you don't. criticized agz. now that actions are being tegan they are criticized as well. this from carl. the u.s. has helped establish a no-fly zone now. now it's time to get out of there. if we don't it's clear we'll end up in another twhar can't be positive for our nation as whole. this from tina. i don't think the mission has been made clear. how many countries are in the united nations? yet it's always the united states and the uk that are the ones that send troops into these
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countries, and our countries suffer the casualties. keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcnn. and i'll see you in an about ten minutes. >> thank you, carol. great. top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. get you up to speed. a u.s. military spokesman says the coalition carried out fresh air strikes on libyan military targets overnight. he didn't specify what was hit. the spokesman says the u.s. role will now transition from an action phase to a patrolling phase. libyans showed journalists around moammar gadhafi's compound in tripoli early today. the u.s. says it took out a military control and command facility and gadhafi was not targeted. our cnn's kninic robertson saw piece of what appeared to be a cruise missile.
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>> reporter: the latest, they're saying, this is the proof. this is the proof they're holding out bits of what look like, from what i've seen before, look like this is a cruise missile. it's hard for us to confirm exactly what sort of weapon or missile this might be. it's also hard for us to confirm anything we're being told about what this building was being used for. >> defense secretary robert gates says the coalition should stick to its united nations mandates. he says air strikes to enforce a no-fly zone should not be widened to take out of gadhafi british prime minister cameron echoed that. >> we must be clear what our role is, our role, enforce the u.n. security council condition. i've been clear. i think libya needs to get rid of gadhafi, but in the end, we are responsible for trying to enforce the security council resolution. the libyans must choose their own future.
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>> prime minister cameron went on to say libya's air defenses have largely been neutralized. libya freed four "new york times" journalists today. at last word, at the turkish embassy in tripoli. the four crossed into rebel control the libya from egypt without visas. pro-gadhafi forces held them for six days. protesters in yemen chip away as president saleh's power base. want to go straight to the department of defense news conference taking place out of stuttgart, germany's. we are listening to the commander of the u.s.-africa command getting an update on the situation in libya. let's take a listen. >> -- military operations. libya naval vessels have returned to or remained in port. since the initial strikes, we have detected no emissions from regime long-range air defense
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radars. air attacks have succeeded in stopping regime ground forces from advancing to benghazi and we are now seeing ground forces moving southward from benghazi. we will, of course, watch these ground force movements closely and through a variety of reports, we know that regime ground forces that were in the vicinity of benghazi now possess little will or capability to resume offensive operations. i would note the economics on the coalition to conduct our operations with precision, with very high concern for civilian casualties and with positive control of all of our forces. our actions today are focused on extending the no-fly zone southward, then westward from benghazi, with the growing capabilities of the coalition i anticipate the no-fly zone will soon extend to eventually
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tripoli. that's about 1,000 kilometers. so it's a pretty wide area. in addition to the forces i mentioned previously, we welcome canadian and belgian forces as they conduct operations today in the area, and i would note the presence of the french aircraft carrier "charles de gaulle" and italian carrier adding significant capability in the region. finally, we are developing the process by which we will transition the lead for military operations to a designated headquarters. this is a very complex task under the best of conditions. so my goal is to not cause disruption to the ongoing operation while we effect the headquarters transition. i would now welcome your questions. >> -- from a.p. to what extent is the u.s. military communicating with rebel leaders to coordinate action on the ground? you mentioned the benghazi area
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and mizrahi as well. what about the whereabouts of gadhafi and to the extent he's still in control of his forces? >> i don't know much about the location of the libyan leader, nor have we expended any military effort in that regard. we have expended considerable effort to degrade the libyan regime's military command and control facility -- capability, and i think we've had some fairly significant effect in that regard. our mandate again, our mission, is to protect civilians from attack by the regime ground forces. our mission is not to support any opposition forces. so while we have reports from people who are reported to be in the opposition, there is no
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official communication or formal communication with those in this so-called opposition that are opposing the regime's ground forces. >> general tom bowman with nkr. you talk about the no-fly zone moving towards mizrahi. the reports today that libyan soldiers are shooting civilians there, and i'm wondering along those lines, do you fear u.n. resolutions specifies benghazi, but my best, move on to other cities as well and, also, is a ground guy like yourself, talk about the difficulty protecting civilians by air when the libyan troops are in among the populations? >> the first step towards countering the regime from attacking civilians, whether
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it's in mizrato or anyplace else is ensheer we have freedom of movement. the first step, ensuring we are able to have the no-fly zone and operate our aircraft with a low level of risk. so as we extend the no-fly zone westward, i think it is likely that we may encounter some of these regimes, mobile air defense systems, and where we encounter those, we will certainly attack them. the larger point of how do you apply air power, particularly in very close combat, is a very, very difficult situation for us. and the identification and the distinction of forces in very close quarters is a particular challenge for us. so we've been very precise in our structures to the air crews
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about what they may and may not do, and we are very, very conscious, obviously, in limiting civilian casualties. so it is always this balance that we as commanders try to apply, and ultimately these very well-trained, very well-disciplined air crews in this case from many nations that apply when they have observation on regime ground forces attacking civilians. where we can and where we can safely without risk to other civilians and causing collateral damage, we have a capability to engage in those kinds of missions. right now over mizrahi, the first effort is to establish the no-fly zone, and that process is under way, and until we do that, our ability to influence activities on the ground remain somewhat limited. >> do you worry about that?
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>> i'm sorry. could you say again, please? >> mission creek. do you worry about that? >> no. i don't worry too much about mission creek. the military mission here is pretty clear. it's very clear, frankly. and what is expected of us to do. to establish this no-fly zone. to protect civilians. to cause -- either to get the withdrawal of regime ground forces out of benghazi, and so i don't -- i don't have a sense at all that there is mission creek. what we are looking forward to is the transition from a u.s. lsh dead effort to the designated headquarters. again, i'm not concerned at this point about mission creek and i
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think we are so far achieving our military objectives consistent with our mission. >> spencer ackerman with wire. as you go after the regime's ground forces, to what degree can it really be said you're not providing close air support for the opposition, even if you're not in contact with them? >> we do not provide close air support for the opposition forces. we protect civilians. some, i suspect, some would argue that some with the opposition may be civilians, and if they are attacked by regime forces then we would be obliged, if we possessed the capability, to try to protect them from attack, but we have no -- no mission and no intent to provide close air support to the opposition.
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>> thank you for that. from the "new york times." you said there is no official communication or formal communication with the rebels. can you say there are no americans on the ground, period, with the rebels or on the ground, period, americans of any kind? >> it's been very clear to me and i think anyone who has heard the president or the secretary of defense speak to this, you know, no american boots on the ground. there are no american boots on the ground from this coalition. you know, i think there are, frankly i think there are some american citizens who were in libya who chose not to leave, but no one who's associated -- no one a part of this coalition is on the ground. i don't know how to be more clear than that. no military boots on the ground. >> general ham, with the "l.a.
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times." i know you're not prying close air support to the opposition but if the opposition were to leave benghazi, were to resume offensive military operations and get into a clash with libyan forces, what role, if any, would coalition aircraft or coalition forces play in supporting that? >> i'm not real comfortable going down the path of hypothetical questions. i would just tie this back down to our mission. the mission is to protect civilians. if civilians are attacked, we have an obligates of the security council resolution and the mission that's been given to me to protect those civilians. we have no mission to support opposition forces if they should engage in offensive operatio operations -- >> you've been listening to a pentagon press briefing there
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out of stull ga-- stuttgart, germany. no american u.s. boots on the ground there in libya. secondly, success from the air strikes, stopping ground forces, gadhafi ground sources from any movement in ben gauze u saying they're going to now extent this no-fly zone westward as well as southward. a couple other interesting points that he says the u.s. and allied forces have not been looking for moammar gadhafi nor do they know his location, that that has not been a priority, and that there have been no formal communications, he said, with opposition or rebel leaders on the ground there prompting a number of questions about just whether or not they can prevent, while they protect civilians, if they can actually prevent casualties from happening, because these are, after all, air strikes, and general ham emphasizing that there are no american boots that are on the ground. we want you to weigh in on this and talk back to the u.s. role specifically. its involvement in libya. carol costello is back with that
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question. carol? >> you heard general ham. he made the mission shound very clear but many americans are quite confused. the strikes keep coming in, not just against gadhafi's forces but against president obama's handling of libya. critics ask, why was there no presidential speech to the nation or no real explanation of american goals? republican house speaker john boehner put it bluntly. before any further military commitments are made the administration must do a better job of communicating to the american people and to congress about our mission in libya. so what exactly is america's end game? you can't say there haven't been mixed messages out there. here's president obama earlier this month. >> colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. >> okay. that's some tough talk. a clear message about gadhafi. now fast forward to last friday. >> we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal. specifically, the protection of civilians in libya.
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>> president obama may have softened his stance because of the u.n. resolution and the need for a coalition but is it realistic to assume the united states mission will end quickly if gadhafi remains in power? remember, in iraq, the u.s. policed a no-fly zone for 12 years. but it became a full-scale war with u.s. ground troops that eventually toppled saddam hussein. so, "talk back" today, does the u.s. have a clear mission to libya? go to facebook and i will read your answers later this hour. >> one thing important the general said that the canadians and belgians are toiking ing in taking a more active role. still not clear what the u.s. role will be. >> the president said friday america would not have a lead role so british and french warplanes started the mission's in. in the blink of an eye, the united states took over the mission and general ham, the spokesperson, who he would be an
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american general. does make you wonder. >> they say last wedays, not weeks. >> and where is gadhafi? nobody knows. >> thank you, carol. here's what's ahead on the rundown. first a timeline of the troubled history between the u.s. and moammar gadhafi. plus, a live update from japan on new problems at that nuclear plant. also, radiation found in some foods in japan. was this made for the u.s. food supply? and, finally, how does the posed deal between at&t and t-mobile, thousand could affect you. wi fcyest gravy lovers, uratannjoy the delicious, satisfying taste grmet gravy every day. fay as the best ingredient is love. i switched to a complete tomultivitamin with more.50, only one a day women's 50+ advantage has gingko for memory and concentration plus support for bone and breast health.
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once again, the united states finds itself involved in a war in an arab nation, but this is not the first time that the west has grappled with moammar gadhafi. >> reporter: since 1969, moammar gadhafi has controlled nearly everything in his country. business, media, military and oil. as he grabbed more power, he expelled american and western gas companies and investors. tortured and assassinated libyan opposition. by 1980, the u.s. had severed all ties. >> moammar gadhafi is an irresponsible animal who has no scruples, he has no morals. >> reporter: in the early '80s tension between the u.s. and libya intensified. >> we know that this mad dog of
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the middle east has a goal of a world revolution, muslim fundamentalist revolution which is targeted on many of his own arab compatriots. >> reporter: after years of minor skirmishes between u.s. and libyan aircraft, gadhafi turned into public enemy number one. bombings in rome, vee eniienna then a disco frequented by americans all linked to libya. the u.s. retaliates. >> at serve cynthia this evening eastern time air and naval forces of the united states launched a series of strikes against the headquarters terrorist facilities and military assets that support moammar gadhafi's subversive activities. >> reporter: that tech left 100 libyans dead, including gadhafi's daughter. some believe for revenge, gadhafi responded with a bomb aboard pam am flight 103 over
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lockerbie, scotland leaven 270 dead. the u.n. security council answered with crippling sarngz sanctions. after years of refusing, gadhafi relented handing over the lockerbie suspects. following the september 11th attacks in the iraq war, gadhafi went further. libya took responsibility for the bombing and agreed to compensate the victims' families. the u.n. lifted sanctions. and that same year, gadhafi abandoned his efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. >> colonel gadhafi correctly judged that his country would be better off and far more secure without weapons of mass murder. >> reporter: the u.s. eased travel restrictions, and western oil companies returned. the u.s.' closest ally, great britain, took the lead. >> i am conscious of the pain of the people who have suffered as a result of terrorist actions in the past. must feel. but the world is changing. >> reporter: in september ever
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2008, u.s. secretary of state condoleezza rice met with gadhafi in libya. the first such meeting between libya and a high-ranking u.s. official in over half a century. >> i thought he was serious. he said at one point that it has taken too long, that the lessons of history had to be learned. >> reporter: but the very next year with great britain's cooperation, scotland released one of the lockerbie terrorists and scotland allowed the bomber said to be terminally ill go home to die. he's still alive today. his release raised questions if there was something else at play behind the deal, further complicating the relationship between libya and the west. >> now, the allied forces are striking gadhafi's military installations. they're trying to end weeks of civil war between this enigmatic leader and his own people. we want to bring in exactly what the end game isor the u.s. and
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coalition forces in libya and really what is the strategy now of the obama administration? joining us to give perspective on all this, our senior political analyst david gergen. thanks for being here. this is a third muslim country now the u.s. is engaged in a war. is this good, sound policy or strategy on our part? >> suzanne, i think that the united states had little choice but to join this coalition and to stop gadhafi before he butchered more people in his own country, and that part of this effort seemed to be succeeding well. we've not only knocked out most of his air defenses, but we've crippled the effort to take benghazi from the rebels. that would have meant the complete routing of the rebels that that part worked well. has the administration left closed and in ambiguity, unfortunately, what their end game really is. we just heard from general ham, and each day we learn something more, i mean, he made an
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important distimp distinction, to protect civilians not help the rebels. so the u.s. mission, the coalition mission is not to help them. there are many who quietly hoped that the overall mission would be not only to stop gadhafi but get limb out of there. >> so, david, one of the things the general also mentioned as well, there are no direct or official communications with those on the ground with the rebels. how do we know who we're eving dealing with? >> i think that's a hard question. he made it clear from the air, especially with close quarters you can't distinguish between who's a rebel and who's a loyalist. well, and a the "new york times" journalist pushed him. he said therish no boots on the ground. no military. he didn't address u.s. intelligence being there, nor
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did the "new york times" journalist but implied is that possible. so we don't know exactly how this is happening, but i think what we are seeing, suzanne a clear pattern that the u.s. military is being extremely cautious about this whole enterprise. they keep on draws distinctions, only if nor defensive purposes not there to help the rebel, not there to knock out of gadhafi. admiral mullen head the join chiefs said yesterday, there is a possibility that ga doffly survive all this and still be in power, whereas on the civilian side, take hillary clinton, the people around her, she said clearly, two objectives here. one, stop him, second to get rid of him. so the civilian side of the house in the obama administration seems to be leaning more towards getting rid of him. they don't want a long war nor libya divided. and the president -- the president's remained silent. >> does he face a credibility problem here? if he says, gadhafi must go and there is no such action where he's actually forced to leave?
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>> well, of course, it may well be, suzanne, what they may be privately hoping, gadhafi just falls just under the weight of things. you know, when reagan attacked in 1986 you just had that piece preceding this, when the u.s. attacked in 1986, we somehow had bombs fall on the libyan compound where gadhafi supposedly lived and it did kill, allegedly killed and adopted daughter. some dispute about that. gadhafi did seem to behave himself more. i don't think it was a totally coincidental that there's been an explosion inside his compound in the last 48 hours. there may be some quiet effort not apparent, but if it continues the way it's continuing, what i would say is when the president comes back from latin america, and he'll be back soon, and we in effect begin to handoff to the rest of the coalition, i think it's imperative that the president come to the american people and say what this is all about, what our continuing role would be, what the end game is, so that
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everybody understands and we don't have this continuing uncertainty about what is is we're pursuing and where this is going in the greater middle east. >> appreciate it. want to bring viewers here. we've been talking about the president and what kind of statement he needs to make to the american people as well as to the world. we're now looking at arrival pictures of air force one apriving in santiago chile. visiting the president's palace and participating in an arrival ceremony. the president making a trek through latin america to talk about the importance of the economy, of energy and important ties that the united states has with its neighbors, with its latin-american neighbors. you can see everyone gathered there at attention as they look to the door of air force one waiting for the president to arrive. it's a red carpet ceremony. you can see that it's it it there on the tarmac as people
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begin to gather for his arrival, and the president has been making statements as he traveled throughout latin america. very brief statements, however, when it comes to the situation and the u.s. involvement in libya. we'll have more of the president's trip when we see him actually getting out of air force one and whether or not he will speak. well, experts are now scrambling to prevent another radiation leak after yet another setback as the damaged nuclear plant. we'll take you live to japan. [ male announcer ] this is charlie whose morning flight to london starts with arthritis pain... and a choice. take tylenol now, and maybe up to 8 in a day. or...choose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain. enjoy the flight.
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looking at live pictures there. president obama arriving in santiago, chile. red carpet ceremony there at the airport as officials greet him. this is a presidential trip. he'll be visiting the presidential palace there in chile after he participates in the official ceremony there at the airport. the trip itself is meant to show the close ties between the united states and latin america to demonstrate as well and hold up theicaly chile for economic
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well as in america. there you see the president walking down the red carpet. officially greeted. he'll be making a statement. you see the first lady as well. both of the first ladies. the first lady of chile as well as michelle obama. they'll be making a formal statement later this afternoon with the president of chile to talk about the important relationship. you see him waving to those who are watching his arrival, and he will be escorted into the presidential limousine. the beast. and the motorcade will take off to the presidential palace where he'll be making more formal states. but they're being greeted by the leader and the first lady. we'll also be keeping an eye on libya as well to see if he makes any further statements about u.s. military action that is taking place as part of an international coalition, united nations involved in air strikes,
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no-fly zone, enforcing a no-fly zone over libya. we expect he will probably address that as well. the u.s. is involved in another war. what is the end game in libya? we're going to talk to former mater commander wesley clark about that. in the dictionary. nowhere in the definition did i see words like... "metering," "overage," or "throttling"... which is code for slowing you down. only sprint gives you true unlimited calling, texting... surfing, tv, and navigation on all phones. why limit yourself? [ male announcer ] sprint. the only national carrier to give you true unlimited. find out more at sprint.com. trouble hearing on the phone? visit sprintrelay.com. 14 clubs. that's what they tell us a legal golf bag can hold. and while that leaves a little room for balls and tees, it doesn't leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls. not a single pocket to hold the stress of the day, or the to-do list of tomorrow. only 14 clubs pick up the right
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watching what you eat in japan. fears of contaminated food keep rising. and getting the iphone or ipad? the big merger with at&t everyone is talking about. and next up, santiago. president obama in chile continuing his tour of latin america. the u.s. carried out a new round of air strikes on libya overnight. it's part of the coalition enforcing a no-fly zone. in benghazi, rebels now are celebrating. our cnn's arwa damon is there. arwa, we heard from general ham saying essentially those air strikes were successful. that the ground forces, gadhafi ground forces no longer moving forward. they don't have the will or capacity to do so. what are you seeing on the ground from your vantage point? >> reporter: well, suzanne, certainly the air strikes were launched just outside of benghazi were successful. we went down to the site on sunday which is when the air strikes took place, and it was
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around 20 miles to the west of benghazi, and it was there that gadhafi had launched his military. remember, on saturday he already launched and attack on benghazi that kill 95 people. the air strikes that took place the following day, sunday, really brought his military regime to a grinding halt. the carnage stretched for about as far as the eye could see. we have counted 70 burned damaged military vehicles ranging from armored personnel carriers to tanks with turrets blown off. many were surveying damage and everybody expressing gratitude to the international community. many people telling us they firmly believe had there not been this type of intervention they would have all been eventually mat kerred by ga doff massacred by gadhafi's military forces. they feel they can finally sleep
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at night. that being said, the city is calm, but it still remains tense for a lot of the shops are still shut. en increase in opposition checkpoints, searches much more diligent but people at least now feel significantly safer and to a certain degree, many feel safe and want the world to know how grateful they are, suzanne. >> arwa damon out of benghazi, libya. appreciate that. we'll have a discussion with general wesley clark after this quick break an the end game. [ male announcer ] america's beverage companies are working together to put more information right up front. adding new calorie labels to every single can, bottle and pack they produce. so you can make the choice that's right for you. ♪
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what's the end game in libya? how far will the u.s. go stop ga doff ji joining me from little rock, arkansas, retired general wesley clark. general, thank for being with us here. the u.s. now, you know, engaged in war number three. you have iraq, afghanistan and now libya. we heard from general ham just moments ago in that press conference, and he said there was no communication, no american boots on the ground, no official communication with the rebels in libya. do we know who we're working with here? when you think about a post-gadhafi regime, do we even know who these folk, who might be open to discussions to a new government, to a new future in libya? >> we know some of them, suzanne, because secretary of state clinton met with them. there is some libyan opposition headquarters setting up in washington, for example. these people are available but
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we're not exactly sure who they represent or what their real agenda is. and it may be a mixed agenda. there may be reputable people and others we would have concerns about. we don't know that, but what we do know is that the military action is accomplished its major purpose. it stopped gadhafi. i'm concerned about what's happening in misrata. we heard security forces are going house to house, terrorizing people and holding them out. of course, he's going to consolidate his gains. i believe a u.n. security council special representative to the secretary-general has been appointed. i'm told this was the former foreign minister of jordan. we should be hearing from him. it's really a u.n. problem at this point, and they should be addressing this with mr. gadhafi. i would like to see the u.n. in on the ground, talking to gadhafi, stopping this internal security effort that's going on
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in these cities to eliminate opposition and then looking at both a war crimes investigation of gadhafi and his forces and a movement for democratic elections for all of libya. that's the right end game. if gadhafi says his people love him, good. if he's not criminal, maybe they could vote for him. >> one of the things that concern me when i heard general ham, is that they don't know where gadhafi is and that hasn't been their priority. should that be a priority ji should the u.s. be looking for him and figures out what his next move is? >> we should be thinking what could go wrong with the investigation. we don't care where gadhafi is. don't care where he is or trying to bomb him. the security council said protect innocent civilians. really, we have to really pay attention to that, because that's really the cockpit of decision here, it's what's the next step. okay, you've got the major military movements halted. you need halt the internal
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security, clean up effort, that gadhafi has underway. a strong message from the u.n. secretary-general special representative could probably help in that regard, and then you need figure out, what's the end game? is it libya? certainly not. why not transition this through vetting the people there to see if they've been involved in war crimes. if not, they're eligible to stand for office, and help libya construct a representative government. it doesn't have to be our form of democracy. >> sure. general clark, quickly here, if i could. the united states, i mean, we have attacked earlier before. there were air strikes that reportedly killed one of gadhafi's adopted daughters. since that moment, he did become a strong -- he was weakened but then became stronger. how do we know these kind of air strikes this go-round isn't going to produce the same jautz say five, ten later becomes another very powerful leader again? >> this is always a concern, and
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the point is that many world leaders have said he's lost his legitimacy. his people have risen up in arms. that's prima facie evidence he's lost legitimacy. i think it is the responsible of the united nations under the responsibility to protect agreement that was endorsed to go in there and sort this out. >> okay. general clark, thank you for your perspective. we'll be following this closely. thank you, general. japanese officials find trace radiation in spinach and milk. what that means for the safety of u.s. food supplies. business is good! it must be if you're doing all that overnight shipping. that must cost a fortune. it sure does. well, if it doesn't have to get there overnight, you can save a lot with priority mail flat rate envelopes. one flat rate to any state, just $4.95. that's cool and all... but it ain't my money. i seriously do not care... so, you don't care what anyone says, you want to save this company money! that's exactly what i was saying. hmmm... priority mail flat rate envelopes, just $4.95 only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship.
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the world health organization says contamination in the food supply is a serious problem. they've banned the sale of spinach and milk and some tap water is also contaminated. >> translator: up until now i thought everything was fine, but to hear some radiation was found around here, that's pretty upsetting. >> so how is the food supply in the u.s. affected? joining us from new york, elizabeth cohen. tell us, is there any cause for us to be concerned here? >> reporter: you know what? there isn't cause for us to be concerned, suzanne.
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let me break it down a little between u.s. food and food we import from japan. yes, it's true radiation reached the west coast, but in some teeny, tiny amounts, even if it were to get into produce here and that's a big if, it still would not cause any health problems. we're talking, again, about teeny, tiny amounts. now, suzanne, i also mentioned imports from japan. we're told by experts that very small amounts of food are imported from japan. it makes up only 4% of the types of food, of all the food imported from other countries into this country, and even if, let's say -- let's just say that were you to eat some of the spinach made right near that plant. would you have to eat that spinach every single day for a year to get the amount of aidiation you get one cat scan. a good thing to do? no, but it certainly is not going to kill you. >> as the days go on, how do we know if the radiation does reach dangerous levels in the food?
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>> right. a fluid situation. people wonder, has if it gets worse? the u.s. does monitor radiation in food. they have all of these different monitors around the country and they'll keep and especially close look on west coast produce and west coast liquids like milk an water, and they will let people know if it does get dangerously high, but no one expects that to happen, suzanne. >> could consumers be avoiding the food to be extra careful? >> you know, i think people have different levels of risk. so if you're someone who is often worried about things that are wrong with your food and you avoid certain things anyhow, avoid the food from japan. certainly, there's no one saying that you should. i mean, they're going to check it when it comes in. if it has any radiation they're not going to allow it into the country. god for bid it were allowed in, such tiny amounts it's not going to cause you health problems. if it scares you, just don't eat it. >> sounds like not a lot of
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cause for concern. good news. >> there certainly isn't. getting a lot of responses to today's "talk back" question. we asked, does the united states have a clear mission in libya? sue kaufman says it's it's u.n., not america. it's not president obama's role to take the lead. care ka steal costello is back responses up next. ♪ [ female announcer ] when you smile, the world smiles back. introducing crest 3d white enamel renewal toothpaste.
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bringing you live picture there's. this is president oba obama at presidential alice in santiago, chile, stopping off to emphasize the important relationship between the united states and many latin-american countries. you can see, there president obama with the elder, the two daughters there, as he makes his way down the steps just moments ago and the first lady as well. the whole family part of this trip. this is a trip that the president is trying to highlight the economic and diplomatic relationships between the united states, and important latin-american allies. this is his second stop after brazil. this is now in santiago, chile.
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this is just moments ago. an official arriving ceremony. the president will also be making remarks later this afternoon, 2:00, with the president of chile, and we are told that he will be talking about energy, economics and see if he makes some remarks about the u.s. role in the air strikes and the no-fly zone that is taking place in the lead, the international coalition, to put down the forces of moammar gadhafi in libya. now, your chance to talk back and one of the big stories of the day. one of the stories we just mentioned. the u.s. conducting missile strikes overnight in libya as part of the no-fly zone in libya approved by the u.n. last week. what is the long-term goals for the united states? for our country? carol costello weighing in on that. you've got a lot of responses in the "talk back." >> a lot of responses.
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a lot of americans are confused at the holte. the "talk back" question today does the u.s. have a clear mission in libya? elizabeth says, they have one now who knows when and if that will change knop telling what gadhafi might do to his people or against our country. if he ordered acts of terror, the plan will change. also, we have a clear goal. our goal, show the arab nations others are going to join in the action drive from the backseat while nations like france play the dominant role. and kevin if we spent all of our money on all the wars we would have probably cured cancer and aids. why not focus on our own quality of life? and obama is using his head and the collective heads of the international community to make sure we don't have another iraq fiasco on our hands. please, keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcc.
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you're looking at live pictures out of santiago, chile. part of an official welcoming ceremony of president obama and the first lady and their daughters. a latin tour, the president is engaged in. first stop, brazil. you can see all of them lined up at attention there. this is the presidential palace, where the president as well as the president of chile will walk down that red carpet. both leaders as well making formal statements to the press, and to the world. we'll be listening indent -- intently. that's happening at 2:00 a.m. here. and part of an international coalition in libya, the president will most likely speak about, to take on moammar gadhafi force there's. and you're looking at -- that's the doo